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F4B0943D17915436872583D1006FBD06 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB19-1235

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Date Apr 3, 2019      
Location HCR 0112



HB19-1235 - Postponed Indefinitely


02:20:34 PM  

The committee recessed briefly.

02:20:47 PM  

The committee came back to order.

02:21:19 PM  

Representatives Van Winkle and Singer introduced House Bill 19-1235 concerning dispatch radio communications by governmental entities. The bill requires state, city, city and county, and special district governments (governental entities) to broadcast dispatch radio communication without encryption so that communications may be monitored by commercially available radio receivers and scanners or online.  However, a governmental entity may encrypt tactical or investigative radio communication to preserve the integrity of an operation, protect the safety of law enforcement and emergency responders, or prevent destruction of property.  The bill does not restrict encryption for the radio communications of the Department of Corrections or the Division of Youth Services.  The sponsors also talked about amendments L.001 (Attachment A), L.002 (Attachment B), and L.003 (Attachment C).

02:28:16 PM  

The committee questioned the bill sponsors about amendments.

02:29:04 PM  

Mitchell Byers, representing the Colorado Press Association, testified in support of the bill.

02:33:28 PM  

Matt Sebastian, representing the Denver Post, testified in support of the bill.

02:34:25 PM  

Patrick Potyondy, representing Colorado Common Cause, testified in support of the bill.

02:37:31 PM  

Shane Anthony, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

02:39:15 PM  

Holly Nicholson-Kluth, representing the County Sheriffs of Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill.

02:43:38 PM  

Mike Borrego, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill.

02:46:00 PM  

Mark Smith, representing the Colorado Springs Police Department, testified in opposition to the bill.

02:49:09 PM  

Chris Noeller, representing the Pueblo Police Department, testified in opposition to the bill.

02:54:33 PM  

The committee questioned the witnesses about amendments, local decisions, encryption standards, emergency notifications to the public, and requests to review radio transmissions.

03:03:36 PM  

Jill Farschman, representing the Colorado Press Association, testified in support of the bill.

03:04:51 PM  

Curt Mann, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

03:07:49 PM  

Ryan Hazelwood, representing the Colorado Broadcasters Association, testified in support of the bill.

03:10:52 PM  

Justin Sasso, representing the Colorado Broadcasters Association, testified in support of the bill.

03:13:57 PM  

The committee questioned the witnesses about listening to scanners for reporting purposes and rural areas.

03:19:26 PM  

Michael Phibbs, representing the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, testified in opposition to the bill.

03:20:16 PM  

Kim Barron, representing the Westminster Police Department, testified in opposition to the bill.

03:24:38 PM  

Herb Atchison, representing the City of Westminster and the Colorado Municipal League, testified in opposition to the bill.

03:28:36 PM  

The committee questioned the witnesses about the proposed amendments.

03:36:26 PM  

Robert Wareham, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

03:40:30 PM  

The committee questioned the witness about support of the amendments.

03:40:57 PM  

The committee questioned the witness about technical requirements for encryption, as well as costs.



03:47:24 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment B)
Moved Humphrey
Seconded Hooton
Carver
Catlin
Froelich
Galindo
Hooton
Humphrey
Lewis
Valdez A.
Valdez D.
Exum
Gray
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:48:40 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment C)
Moved Humphrey
Seconded Valdez D.
Carver Yes
Catlin No
Froelich Yes
Galindo Yes
Hooton Yes
Humphrey Yes
Lewis Yes
Valdez A. No
Valdez D. Yes
Exum No
Gray Yes
YES: 8   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


03:49:11 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A)
Moved Humphrey
Seconded Hooton
Carver
Catlin
Froelich
Galindo
Hooton
Humphrey
Lewis
Valdez A.
Valdez D.
Exum
Gray
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:49:14 PM  

The bill sponsors made closing remarks about the bill.

03:53:54 PM  

The committee made closing remarks about the bill.



04:03:21 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1235, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Humphrey
Seconded Lewis
Carver No
Catlin No
Froelich No
Galindo No
Hooton Yes
Humphrey Yes
Lewis Yes
Valdez A. Yes
Valdez D. No
Exum No
Gray Yes
YES: 5   NO: 6   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


04:04:14 PM
Motion Postpone House Bill 19-1235 indefinitely.
Moved Galindo
Seconded Valdez D.
Carver Yes
Catlin Yes
Froelich Yes
Galindo Yes
Hooton Yes
Humphrey No
Lewis No
Valdez A. Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Exum Yes
Gray Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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